SPRINGFIELD, MA—MGM Springfield has officially topped off, placing the final curved steel beam atop what will be the hotel rotunda along Main St.
This construction milestone comes as the resort moves toward its opening in 2018.
Michael Mathis, president of MGM Springfield, was joined by Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chairman Steve Crosby, local officials, AECOM Tishman representatives, project subcontractors, workers and labor representatives from more than 20 building trades.
Before the final steel construction beam was hoisted, it was signed by construction workers and dignitaries and adorned with an American flag and a symbolic tree. The tree is a longstanding construction ritual signaling that a building has reached its final height, bringing good luck and prosperity to the building’s future occupants.
Sarno said, “Every day this site becomes more of a reality for the city. The footprint and future of our downtown is transforming, and our citizens are feeling the excitement. Today is a great day and we will build on this momentum with a cooperative spirit so MGM Springfield can open its doors in September 2018 and let the world know Springfield is open for business.”
Covering three city blocks, MGM Springfield will combine new construction and revived historic buildings. With a street-facing design, the property will offer a 252-room boutique hotel, a spa, diverse retail offerings, an expansive gaming floor and approximately 40,000 sq. ft. of banquet and meetings space.
Other amenities will include a luxury cinema, bowling complex, seasonal skating rink and an outdoor marketplace featuring local artisans and events.
As the largest Western Massachusetts’ private investment in history, according to the company, MGM Springfield will employ 3,000 permanent employees, 90% of whom are expected to come from the region. Workforce development will continue to be a priority as the company looks toward mass hiring in summer 2018. In addition, through the Host Community Agreement, MGM Springfield has estimated it will spend approximately $50 million annually with local and regional vendors and suppliers. MGM Springfield is expected to bring in hundreds of millions in projected revenue.